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Cultural evolution: Evolution of female genital cutting

Female genital cutting in five West African nations is frequency-dependent and is associated with higher reproductive success among ethnicities in which cutting predominates, a fitness advantage that may outweigh its costs to physical and psychological health.

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Wander, K. Cultural evolution: Evolution of female genital cutting. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 0079 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0079

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